Link to Author Video and Website: http://www.annarichenda.com Sister Georgia lives at the center of a bustling Yorkshire nunnery at the eve of the English Reformation. Yet she is no ordinary nun. Georgia and her sisters follow the ways of the legendary Saint Isela, recording her signs and miracles and preparing for her return.
But the archbishop of London, Philip SeVerde, a man rising in Henry VIII’s royal court, cannot bear this ‘wild’ nunnery of the north. Driven by greed and a lust for power, SeVerde demands that the nuns submit to his control and strict monastic rule. Georgia is persecuted and tortured, yet she refuses to back down.
Drawing strength and visions from an ancient relic, Georgia must ensure that her mystical group of nuns survive the meddling of the corrupt archbishop. She must undergo an epic journey and endure, lifetime after lifetime, until the promise of Saint Isela can be fulfilled. It is the story of The Saint and the Fasting Girl.
Anna Richenda, a writer and historian, maintains the monastic history website historyfish.net and has published two regional history books. She lives in the Pacific Northwest within sight of three volcanoes: Mt. Hood, Mt. Jefferson, and Mt. St. Helens. These behemoths are constant reminders that life is ferocious, fragile, and magnificent.